02 feb 20 | women.born.today

Margaret Bayard Smith (20 feb 1778 – 07 jun 1844 | Pennsylvania US – Washington DC) diarist, novelist, essayist, biographer, short story writer, letter correspondent

Angelina Emily Grimké Weld (20 feb 1805 – 26 oct 1879 | Charleston SC – Hyde Park MA) suffragist, abolitionist, letter correspondent, women’s rights advocate

Sarah Cooke Acheson (20 feb 1844 – 16 jan 1899 | Washington PA – Denison TX) suffragist, women’s activist, temperance reformer

Leonora Jackson McKim (20 feb 1879 – 07 jan 1969 | Boston MA – Baltimore MD) violinist, art collector, philanthropist

Susan Dowdell Myrick (20 feb 1893 – 03 sep 1978 | Milledgeville GA – Macon GA) painter, educator, journalist, film consultant, aka The Emily Post of the South

Freida Brehm Geiken (20 feb 1895 – 06 dec 1998 | Newhall IA – Vinton IA) oral historian, autobiographical author

Nadine Conner (20 feb 1907 – 01 mar 2003 | Compton CA – Los Angeles CA) operatic soprano, radio singer, music teacher, née Evelyn Nadine Henderson

Ruby Elzy (20 feb 1908 – 26 jun 1943 | Pontotoc MS – Detroit MI) pioneer African-American operatic soprano

Jean Erdman (20 feb 1916 – Honolulu HI) dancer, modern dance choreographer, avant-garde theater director

Louisa Matthíasdóttir (20 feb 1917 – 26 feb 2000 | Reykjavík, Iceland – Delhi NY) Icelandic-American painter

Leonore Cohn Annenberg (20 feb 1918 – 12 mar 2009 | New York NY – Rancho Mirage CA) patron of arts, philanthropist, US government official / Chief of Protocol, Annenberg Foundation chairperson / president

Gloria Laura Vanderbilt (20 feb 1924 – New York NY) artist, author, actress, designer, socialite

Jean Kennedy Smith (20 feb 1928 – Boston MA) author, diplomat, former US Ambassador

Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret (20 feb 1929 – Iowa City IA) book publisher, civil rights activist, documentary photographer, autobiographical author, Penfield Books founder / publisher, first woman to photograph herself giving birth

Ellen Gilchrist (20 feb 1935 – Vicksburg MS) poet, novelist, short story writer

Beverly [Buffy] Sainte-Marie (20 feb 1941 – Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan) artist, activist, pacifist, musician, singer-songwriter

Diana Lucile Paxson (20 feb 1943 – Detroit MI) Pagan / Heathen author, aka Diana the Listmaker, fantasy / historical novelist, founded Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)

Randa Haines (20 feb 1945 – Los Angeles CA) tv / film director / producer

Jennifer O’Neill (20 feb 1948 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) US actress, activist, author, autobiographer

Joanna Brouk (20 feb 1949 – St Louis MO) electronic music composer

Mabelle [Mab] Massey Segrest (20 feb 1949 – Alabama US) feminist author, activist, memoirist

Cindy McTee (20 feb 1953 – Tacoma WA) composer, educator, music professor

Patricia Campbell [Patty Hearst] Shaw (20 feb 1954 – San Francisco CA) actress, heiress, novelist, memoirist, children’s AIDS activist / fundraiser, convicted of bank robbery, kidnapped / indoctrinated by Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA)

Leslie Urdang (20 feb 1956 – Queens NY) film producer, theater executive

Margo Chase (20 feb 1958 – 22 jul 2017 | Los Angeles CA – Apple Valley CA) graphic designer, founded Chase Design Group, died in small airplane crash

Wendee Lee (20 feb 1960 – Los Angeles CA) voice actress, anime / video game director

Janet Levine March (20 feb 1963 – Nashville TN) artist, inventor, murder victim, children’s book illustrator

Barbara Nicolosi (20 feb 1964 – New Brunswick NJ) screenwriter, script consultant, Christian screenwriter’s program founder

Susanna Lo (20 feb 1966 – Hong Kong) US novelist, speechwriter, mentor for underprivileged children, independent film writer / director / producer

Camilla Gibb (20 feb 1968 – London UK) English-Canadian novelist

Calpernia Addams (20 feb 1971 – Nashville TN) author, actress, musician, performer, transgender rights activist / spokesperson

Carmen Giménez Smith (20 feb 1971 – New York NY) poet, writer, editor, memoirist, anthologist

Monita Rajpal (20 feb 1974 – Hong Kong) Canadian, Art of Life tv host, international news anchor

Claudia Gabel (20 feb 1975 – Binghamton NY) young adult novelist

Carol Lim (20 feb 1975 – Los Angeles CA) retailer, fashion designer, creative director